January 1, 2023
"... WWMIN has already begun to bring about positive results and is fostering hopes for many more good things to come, coordinators say.
... Up north in Wisconsin, volunteers from 40 percent of parishes in the Diocese of Madison have undergone WWMIN training. 'We’re linking with as many other resources in our community as we can,' said Susanna Herro, volunteer coordinator for the program.
'One parish secretary we spoke to said, ‘We don’t have volunteers,’' Herro recalled, 'so she volunteered to train herself.'
The idea of 'walking with moms' in crisis pregnancies, she said, 'is much more valuable than just saying, ‘here’s a check.’' The program also extends care far beyond pregnancy, however.
'For some that may be as early as helping a mom coping with an unintended pregnancy. For others, it may be offering assistance during early childhood years' or even through a child’s teen years, Herro explained. 'Our Catholic Church recognizes that care for single mothers must be more than a few months of help. Rather, we can be a community for families who need one.'...
Kathleen Wilson has worked in the pro-life ministry of the Archdiocese of Detroit for the past 10 years. She is coordinator of pro-life ministry and Project Rachel, a program that offers healing to women who have had abortions.
'WWMIN provides both a means for us to share the good news of what the Catholic Church has been and will continue to do, to support both mother and child before and after birth,' said Wilson, 'as well as to increase our efforts to double down and work together to build a network of resources so that every parent knows there are real alternative life-giving choices to abortion.'
She said the archdiocese was discouraged that Proposition 3, which made a right to abortion part of the Michigan state constitution, was approved by voters in November, but since the election her office had received 60 inquiries from parishes seeking to become involved with WWMIN, joining the 80 already involved in the program.
The archdiocese’s goal, Wilson said, was to make each parish 'a place where moms and their babies are welcomed and supported, and where the dignity of every human life is upheld and valued.'"